Robert Moog, Forefather of Synth, Inducted Into the National Inventors Hall of Fame


Robert Moog, the inventor of the Moog synthesizer, will be inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame this year, according to United States Patent and Trademark Office.

“In 1966, Moog introduced the first complete voltage controlled modular synthesizer, an instrument capable of producing a wide variety of electronic sounds,” reads a press release. “His synthesizer helped revolutionize the face of music, giving artists and composers the capability to create a brand new palette of sounds.” The patent was issued in 1969.

One of the early pioneers of the Moog synthesizer was Wendy Carlos, who released the Moog-only Bach album Switched on Bach in 1968 and went on to score the classic Stanley Kubrick films A Clockwork Orange and The Shining, along with Disney’s original Tron. But the Moog cropped up on a wide range of rock and pop albums in the late ’60s and into the ’70s, including records by Diana Ross & the Supremes, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys, Stevie Wonder, the Doors, the Byrds, and Simon & Garfunkel.

Via Spin Magazine